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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/3 v2] perf: Implement Nehalem uncore pmu
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On Sun, 2010-11-21 at 22:04 +0800, Lin Ming wrote:
> On Sun, 2010-11-21 at 20:46 +0800, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > >
> > > 2. Uncore pmu NMI handling
> > >
> > > All the 4 cores are programmed to receive uncore counter overflow
> > > interrupt. The NMI handler(running on 1 of the 4 cores) handle all
> > > counters enabled by all 4 cores.
> >
> > Really for uncore monitoring there is no need to use an NMI handler.
> > You can't profile a core anyways, so you can just delay the reporting
> > a little bit. It may simplify the code to not use one here
> > and just use an ordinary handler.
>
> OK, I can use on ordinary interrupt handler here.

Does the hardware actually allow using a different interrupt source?

> >
> > In general since there is already much trouble with overloaded
> > NMI events avoiding new NMIs is a good idea.
> >
> >
> >
> > > +
> > > +static struct node_hw_events *uncore_events[MAX_NUMNODES];
> >
> > Don't declare static arrays with MAX_NUMNODES, that number can be
> > very large and cause unnecessary bloat. Better use per CPU data or similar
> > (e.g. with alloc_percpu)
>
> I really need is a per physical cpu data here, is alloc_percpu enough?

Nah, simply manually allocate bits using kmalloc_node(), that's
something I still need to fix in Andi's patches as well.

> > > + /*
> > > + * The hw event starts counting from this event offset,
> > > + * mark it to be able to extra future deltas:
> > > + */
> > > + local64_set(&hwc->prev_count, (u64)-left);
> >
> > Your use of local* seems dubious. That is only valid if it's really
> > all on the same CPU. Is that really true?
>
> Good catch! That is not true.
>
> The interrupt handler is running on one core and the
> data(hwc->prev_count) maybe on another core.
>
> Any idea to set this cross-core data?

IIRC you can steer the uncore interrupts (it has a mask somewhere)
simply steer everything to the first cpu in the nodemask?





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